Barcode Ribbons

Barcode ribbons are a vital part of thermal label printing. The ink from the ribbon is transferred onto the label material as they pass under the heated print head. This produces darker texts for a clearer image. Thermal ribbons are made in full wax, wax/resin, and full resin.

Full wax thermal ribbon is the most popular type of thermal transfer ribbon. It is low-cost and capable of printing at high speeds. Wax ribbons can be used with both coated and uncoated paper, making them ideal for indoor, short-term use.

Wax/resin ribbon is slightly more expensive than full-wax ribbon since it contains both wax and resin components. Smudges, scratches, and abrasions are prevented by the additional resin, which creates a barrier over texts and images to avoid smudges, scratches, and abrasions. As a result, wax/resin is an excellent choice for labels that will be exposed to moisture, chemicals, and temperature changes. Wax/resin ribbons are commonly used on synthetic substrates such as polypropylene and material coatings such as glossy, matte, or weatherproof.

Full Resin Ribbons are the most expensive and long-lasting. This makes them excellent for labels that will be used in severe situations or that will be exposed to extreme weather, temperature variations, and chemical conditions. Full resin ribbon should only be used on non-paper, synthetic materials like polypropylene, polyester, vinyl, and nylon for high-end durability.

Most popular are Zebra barcode ribbons, TSC barcode ribbons, Citizen barcode ribbons & Honeywell barcode ribbons.

Thermal transfer labels and ribbons can be used in desktop and industrial printers according to compatibility.

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